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Apple/Macintosh
  • "The FTC is looking into the Amazon and Apple deal that crushed small resellers: Experts say the deal raises serious antitrust concerns"  The Verge 9:35 AM
  • "FTC Probes Amazon Deal That Booted Apple Refurbishers" PC Magazine 2:01 PM
  • "FTC Investigates Apple iPhone Deal With Amazon That Hurt Marketplace Sellers" HotHardware 3:46 PM
  • "Apple Suspends Listening to Siri Queries Amid Privacy Outcry"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:22 AM
  • "Apple, Google: We've stopped listening to your private Siri, Assistant chat, for now/Google and Apple have suspended programs where employees and contractors review recordings made from the companies' respective voice assistants." ZDNet 7:22 AM
  • "Apple halts Siri response grading program after privacy concerns" Reuters 7:24 AM
  • "Apple suspends Siri snooping (and promises more control for the rest of us): Apple announces the immediate global suspension of its controversial Siri grading program" ["Another challenge is that the fact snippets were shared with third parties wasn't clear in Apple's terms and conditions and users were given no control or oversight over such use."]  Computerworld 7:28 AM
  • "Apple and Google temporarily stop listening to Siri and OK Google queries: Apple will eventually resume human reviews, but only if customers opt in." Ars Technica 11:33 AM
  • "U.S. tariff threat may compound Apple's iPhone woes: BofA" Reuters 9:48 AM
  • "Apple Continues to Fall as US-China Trade War Escalates" Market Realist 3:21 PM
  • "Apple Is Ramping Up R&D to Find Its Next Big Product: Amid stagnant growth and declining profits, Apple is pouring money into research and development as its services revenue continues to make up a bigger chunk of the pie."  PC Magazine 7:25 AM
OS X
News
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Don't use cloud backup services to make copies of your Time Machine volumes. Here's why" Macworld 7:52 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Avira Free Antivirus review: Solid protection for your Mac/Avira Free Antivirus for Mac is a fairly barebones suite, but it offers highly rated protection at no cost to users." Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "How to show a notification on macOS with a script" AddictiveTips 6:05 PM
  • "How to Disable Screenshot Thumbnail Previews on Mac" OS X Daily 3:27 PM
  • "Learning To Use Mac Trackpad Gestures" MacMost 1:27 PM
  • "Mac tip: How to always Insert Attachments at End of Message in Mail" Apple Must 11:30 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - August 2019" MacRumors 5:28 PM
  • "Has Chrome 76 Given Billions Of Google Users An Incentive To Use Firefox Instead?" Forbes 7:44 AM
Press Releases
  • "Get the Job Done - Notebooks for Mac 2.0 Receives a Major Upgrade" prMac 7:51 AM
  • "Ecleti announces My IP 2.4.2 for Mac to detect and show your public IP on the net" Ecleti 7:25 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Card Customer Agreement" [15-page PDF]  Goldman Sachs 5:28 PM
  • "Goldman Sachs Makes Apple Card Customer Agreement Available Ahead of Upcoming Apple Card Launch" MacRumors 6:37 PM
  • "Apple Card Customer Agreement goes live on Goldman Sachs' website ahead of August launch, warns about jailbreaking" 9to5Mac 5:29 PM
  • "Read the fine print of Apple Card's customer agreement" AppleInsider 5:28 PM
  • "Apple Card will not allow purchase of cryptocurrencies" Reuters 5:29 PM
  • "Apple Drops Barclays Card Rewards Deal Ahead of Goldman Launch"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:21 AM
  • "Apple vs. VirnetX legal battle still raging over $439.8 million FaceTime ruling" AppleInsider 7:53 AM
  • "Apple loses FaceTime patent appeal again. And again. And again. And again. And again... yes, it's the fifth time" The Register 2:06 PM
  • "Exclusive: Foxconn eyes sale of $8.8 billion China plant amid trade war woes - sources" Reuters 7:24 AM
  • "Apple supplier Sharp tumbles as trade gloom offsets Vietnam plant plans" Reuters 7:24 AM
  • "Apple Music Rebrands Alternative Playlist as 'ALT CTRL' With Haim, Billie Eilish & More 'Left-Of-Center Tunes'" Billboard 9:36 AM
  • "Verizon intros new batch of 'unlimited' plans, including four with Apple Music" AppleInsider 9:59 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook begins adding its name to some screens on Instagram" Reuters 8:57 PM
  • "Amazon now lets you stop human review of your Alexa recordings: The change quickly follows moves by Apple and Google to suspend their own human reviews." CNET 7:48 PM
  • "Facebook defends decision not to ban fake news from politicians" Engadget 3:27 PM
  • "Peter Thiel slammed Google in a scathing New York Times op-ed, but failed to mention that he works for and invests in the search giant's rivals" Business Insider 2:44 PM
  • "Fortnite Fortunes and Freakouts: Parents Grapple With an Obsession" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:01 PM
  • "FCC bans spoofed text messages and international robocalls" Engadget 1:39 PM
  • "Amazon says French digital tax will hit consumers, small firms" Reuters 12:22 PM
  • "Google confirms 'Play Pass' subscription service for Android apps: Screenshots show $4.99 a month service for 'hundreds' of apps and games." Ars Technica 11:34 AM
  • "Hundreds of bees drop dead around '5G towers' in California" Daily Star (UK) 9:44 AM
  • "A professional hacker reveals the top security mistake people make online — and it's something you probably do every day" Business Insider 9:36 AM
  • "Verizon makes minor changes to its mobile plans, continues to pretend they're 'unlimited'" Android Police 8:36 AM
  • "Your phone can translate text in 88 languages" [Video] CNET 8:22 AM
  • "China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns." MIT Technology Review 8:19 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Bootleg Bathwater – The TouchArcade Show #410" Touch Arcade 8:57 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Apple doom, and Maps in iOS 13" The Loop 1:54 PM
  • "Suspending Siri Grading, MacBook Saga Ends – TMO Daily Observations 2019-08-02" The Mac Observer 1:27 PM
  • "Vergecast: Apple's earnings report, face unlock for the Pixel 4, and the SMART Act" The Verge 11:51 AM
  • "Terri Morgan and Chris Demiris On The New Version of LumaFusion" MacVoices 11:30 AM
  • "Apple's working on something BIG... this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Apple listens to Siri, Apple's $53.8B quarter & more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Notebook vendors gearing up to launch 5G models" ["...Apple is also expected to roll out its 5G MacBook series in the second half of 2020, according to industry sources"] DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:51 AM
  • "DigiTimes: Apple to Launch MacBooks with Cellular 5G Connectivity in Second Half of 2020" MacRumors 7:52 AM
  • "MacBook Pro: Report says that 5G support is coming in 2020/The latest news and rumors on Apple's high-performance laptop." Macworld 12:21 PM
  • "Ice Lake chips likely to dramatically boost Mac video processing" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Intel's new 10nm Ice Lake chips may significantly speed up video compression, encoding and decoding on 2020 Mac notebooks" iDownload Blog 10:21 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:19 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:19 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:19 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "My hunt for the right iPad model: Too small, too big, and just right/From the iPad Mini 5 to the iPad Pro 12.9, Apple's current tablet lineup offers 68 options to meet your specific needs. Here's how Matt Miller chose which one to buy." ZDNet 12:21 PM
  • "Nimble iPhone Case review: An eco-friendly choice/Nimble cases are made from recycled plastic bottles." iMore 8:37 AM
  • "Hands-on with mophie's new wireless charging pad, car charger" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
  • "Review: SCUBAPro Galileo HUD a revolutionary iPhone-connected dive computer" AppleInsider 12:20 PM
  • "Review: Insignia Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller for HomeKit" 512 Pixels 10:21 AM
iOS Apps
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How To Set a New Default Search Provider in Safari on Your iOS Device" MacTrast 5:58 PM
  • "How to forward calls from your iPhone" AppleInsider 2:43 PM
  • "How to add Low-Power Mode to Control Center in iOS" Cult of Mac 12:20 PM
  • "How to add subject lines to texts in the Messages app" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
  • "How to save all open Safari tabs as bookmarks on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
  • "How to delete all of the Siri recordings that Apple may have of you on Mac or iOS" AppleInsider 8:20 AM
  • "Deleting your Siri voice recordings from Apple's servers is confusing — here's how" The Verge 7:58 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple Card is even better than we realized" Cult of Mac 1:39 PM
  • "Will Apple offer 5G Macs via cellular carriers?" Apple Must 12:03 PM
  • "The Increasing Importance of Apple's iPhone Trade-in Program"  Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:50 AM
  • "So Apple's going to stop listening in on your Siri requests. Now what? It's time to face a hard truth about machine learning and AI: to get better, people have to be involved." Macworld 6:46 PM
  • "Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In"  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:24 PM
  • "I will opt-in to help Apple improve Siri"  The Loop 2:43 PM
  • "Siri eavesdropping controversy underlines why Apple must be more transparent [Opinion] Cult of Mac 1:33 PM
  • "Apple and Google halt human voice-data reviews over privacy backlash, but transparency is the real issue"  VentureBeat 11:49 AM
  • "Google Play Pass or Apple Arcade: Which App Subscription Service Is Better?" Lifehacker 9:48 AM
  • "The Next iPhone Might Have a Time-of-Flight Sensor—but What the Heck Is That?" Gizmodo 9:48 AM
  • "Crazy concept imagines an iPhone 11 with a curved display that wraps around the edges" BGR 8:37 AM
  • "Next Year's MacBook Pro Line is Going to be Dramatically Better" The Mac Observer 4:24 PM
  • "What Intel's new Ice Lake chips could mean for future MacBooks" Macworld 7:52 AM
Non-Apple
  • "You should stop using WhatsApp right now" SlashGear 4:24 PM
  • "ProBeat: Google and Samsung aren't listening to smartphone buyers" VentureBeat 1:39 PM
  • "AI may turn touchscreen keyboards invisible" VentureBeat 11:50 AM
  • "Why the gaming world will be worse once GameStop is gone: Pre-mourning for friendly local employees and serendipitous physical discovery." Ars Technica 11:50 AM
  • "Here's how LG and Sony can get out of their smartphone sales rut" Android Authority 9:36 AM
  • "A dismal industry: The unsustainable burden of cybersecurity/Cybersecurity spending is the fastest-growing segment in IT budgets, but it provides no productivity gains or protection against more advanced exploits." ZDNet 9:36 AM
  • "Google: Here's how Search is changing to give you latest data in snapshot results/Google's featured snippets can now identify search queries that require answers containing current information." ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "Man Vs. Machine: Is Soccer Ready For Artificial Intelligence?" Forbes 7:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "TunesKit iOS System Recovery Now Fixes Apple TV Problems" prMac 1:39 PM
  • "Download iOS 13"s HomeKit Home app wallpapers for iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 12:21 PM
  • "Who'da thunk? Smartphone 'failure' Microsoft now has the top free app and paid game on Apple's iOS" GeekWire 12:21 PM
  • "Sileo Team launches Sileo v1.2.9 beta 1 for testing" iDownload Blog 11:51 AM
  • "Google Fit gains enhanced sleep tracking, map routes on iOS, and a dark theme" VentureBeat 10:20 AM
  • "iPhone, iPad, and Mac buyer's guide: August 2019 edition/Here's a tour of what's fresh and what's not so fresh in the Apple Store." ZDNet 8:23 AM
  • "BMW says annual $80 CarPlay fee needed for ongoing testing & development" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
Computer Industry
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is such a hit it almost outsold Intel's entire CPU range" TechRadar UK 8:57 AM
  • "AMD boss confirms high-end Navi cards are 'on track'" TechSpot 8:57 AM
  • "Intel reveals final details on Ice Lake mobile CPUs" Ars Technica 12:21 PM
  • "Intel Xe GPU with HBM memory set to compete with AMD and Nvidia at $200" PCGamesN 8:57 AM
  • "Intel CEO Finds the Shoe Fit, After All: The job is among the most prestigious in the semiconductor industry, and it doesn't open up all that often. And Bob Swan was pretty sure that he didn't want it." EE Times 9:00 AM
  • "Windows no longer a 'cornerstone' for Microsoft, as company changes how it describes its business" GeekWire 11:34 AM
  • "Microsoft's data center will use water wisely. But how smart is it economically?" Arizona Republic 9:01 AM
  • "Microsoft and Samsung step up their partnership ahead of next week's Unpacked event: Expect Microsoft to be on stage at the Samsung Unpacked event on August 7, demonstrating Office apps, Your Phone and more." ZDNet 9:00 AM
  • "Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition 'Spying On Palestinians'" OODA Loop 9:04 AM
  • "IBM, Rometty outline Red Hat strategy: Here's how the parts fit together for IBM growth" ZDNet 11:35 AM
  • "IBM Updates 2019 Earnings Forecast Following $34 Billion Red Hat Acquisition: IBM shares are active Friday after the cloud and computing company updates investors on the earnings impact of its $34 billion acquisition of Linux-maker Red Hat." TheStreet 11:51 AM
  • "IBM Wraps Software Into 'Cloud Paks' For Red Hat" Forbes 8:13 AM
  • "IBM tests ways to improve natural language processing" VentureBeat 8:54 AM
  • "Intel launches 10nm mobile Core processors" DigiTimes 8:03 AM
  • "Michael Dell: 2008 Financial Crisis Delayed Dell EMC Merger" CRN 8:52 AM
  • "Dell technologies on emerging tech reshaping future of work" DataQuest 8:52 AM
  • "Dell Technologies adds Russia to META region" IT-Online 8:53 AM
  • "Top Oracle execs Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd and Safra Catz failed to earn all of their annual bonuses this year" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:05 PM
  • "Cisco Agrees To Pay $8.6 Million Settlement Over Flawed Video Surveillance Tech" Tech Times 8:45 AM
  • "President Trump's latest tariffs on imports from China could make smartphones and computers more expensive, but the White House doesn't think so" Business Insider 10:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Latest Trump tariffs could cut AAPL earnings by 4%, or slash iPhone sales" 9to5Mac 7:54 AM
  • "Apple: Nibbling At The Edges For 9% To 11% Yields" Seeking Alpha 8:29 AM
  • "Components suppliers see low order visibility for new iPhones" DigiTimes 8:03 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks slide for fifth day to lowest level in a month after Trump escalates trade war: S&P 500 and Nasdaq both see steepest weekly losses since Dec 21 last year" MarketWatch 4:14 PM
  • "Stocks Sink as Trump Pushes China Trade Tensions, Overshadows Jobs Data: Stocks finished down Friday as President Trump's recent threat to levy 10% tariffs on an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports overshadowed the latest U.S. jobs data." TheStreet 4:14 PM
  • "Escalating US-China trade tensions hit stocks" FOXBusiness 4:14 PM
  • "Stocks Suffer Worst Week in Months on Trade Threats: Major indexes continue to slide on potential for U.S. to extend levies to essentially all Chinese imports" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:14 PM
  • "Asian markets sink as U.S.-China trade tensions ramp back up: Nikkei, Hang Seng off more than 2% to lead regional losses" MarketWatch and Associated Press 9:02 AM
  • "European stocks opened with heavy losses after Trump's China tariff plan" MarketWatch 9:02 AM

 
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